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Great Antshrike

Great Antshrike
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-09-13
Categories: Birds
Camera: Nikon D90, Sigma 135-400mm f/4.5-5.6 APO, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2014-03-18 8:40
Viewed: 1971
Points: 36
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Another NEW ENTRY IN TN: The Great Antshrike.

Since end September I’ve posted a lot of photos from the Chapada dos Guimares and the Pantanal. This is number 50. And the end isn’t still there. All these photos are taken in the wild. It were two very successful weeks.

The Great Antshrike (Taraba major) is a passerine bird in the antbird family. It is the only member of the genus Taraba-(monotypic).
It is a resident breeder in the tropical New World in southern Mexico, Central America, Trinidad and South America down to northern Argentina and southeastern Brazil.
This is a bird of thickets, cocoa and citrus plantations and sometimes gardens, with a preference for dense undergrowth. It is usually found as territorial pairs. The female lays two, sometimes three, grey-marked white eggs in a deep cup nest in a shrub, which are incubated by both sexes for 14 days to hatching. The chicks fledge in another 12 days.

The Great Antshrike is a large and distinctive antbird, typically 20.3 cm long, and weighs 56 g. It has a crest, heavy hooked bill, and brilliant red eyes. The adult male has black upperparts, with two white wingbars and white underparts. There is a white dorsal patch normally concealed except in threat display; young males are similar to the adult, but have rufous wing coverts. The female has rich rufous upperparts and white underparts.

The Great Antshrike feeds on insects and other arthropods gleaned from foliage. It will also take small lizards and mammals. It is a skulking species, which may be located by its song, 30 to 40 musical pook-pook-pook notes, or a snarled churrrr. Sleeping birds are readily located at sites such as the Asa Wright Nature Centre on Trinidad.

Source: Wikipedia

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hallo Peter
Je bent ook wel bezig geweest daar in Brazil
weer een mooie en aparte vogel voor TN
super compositie en prachtige kleuren
bedankt weer gr lou

Hello Mr.Peter,
Again congratulation for a new bird for us here in TN.
It's really nice to see such new species which we haven't seen in real life yet.
"Antshrike"-havent heard this name before!Thanks fore good NOTE.Well captured and good colour and presentation.
Thanks for sharing,
Regards and have a nice time,

Hello Peter,

Hope you are well and the family is doing fine too. This is yet another fine contribution of yours to TN. Yes, indeed, it is a new species for me if not for other. The bird's beak bears testimony to the fact that it uses its hooked beak for digging out ants. You have captured it in a perfect posture so important for field identification. Thanks a lot for sharing a sharply focused, exquisite shot, take care,

warm regards/Abid

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2014-03-18 11:25]
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Hello Peter,
How many bird have you introduced to TN? I wonder. Another one, an impressive apparition, very well taken in a perfect vivid pose. And you still seem to have pictures from Brazil, you have been very,very lucky.

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2014-03-18 11:27]

Hi Peter,
Nice and interesting new bird in TN. Amazing colors
with sharpness details and good blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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  • Zeno Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 483 W: 0 N: 1345] (10867)
  • [2014-03-18 12:21]

Dag Peter,

Nooit eerder gezien deze antshrike. Prachtig rood oogje en opvallend haakje aan de snavel. Zeker een verrijking voor TN.


Ciao Peter, lovely composition with nice bird on beautiful blurry BG. fine details, wonderful colors, splendid light and excellent clarity, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Bonsoir Peter,
Agréable publication valorisant bien le sujet dans une belle lumière et sous une bonne profondeur de champ.
A bientôt sur TN pour de nouvelles aventures.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2014-03-18 15:16]

Hi Peter,another new entry in this neverending gallery of surprises,truly beautiful the specie and truly perfect the pic another time,it's enough to watch the perfection of eye to understand the quality..ehehe...have a nice day and thanks,Luciano

hallo Peter
照的清晰 很漂亮的鳥
顏色鮮豔華麗 很新奇
光線優美 我較喜歡這種光線
一半光亮 一半陰暗 很有立體感 也很有質感
構圖美麗 背景深遂

Great look and great shot! Also it looks a bit grainy.
best regards

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  • nanreh Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 12 N: 258] (2191)
  • [2014-03-19 18:08]

Thanks Peter for this new contribution to TN.
Congratulations on the capture, mate!

Hernán Bortondello

Ciao Peter. Good details and sharp against the blurred. BG.


Hallo Peter
Your collection of photos of birds that you have captured is becoming bigger and more valuable by the day and you must be very thrilled with yourself with this achievement.
This image has a lovely composition and awesome details. Crisp clear and sharp image. A real joy to view. Best regards and thanks for sharing.

Hello Peter,
Cet oiseau est inconnu dans ma région et j'ai plaisir à le découvrir grâce à ta publication.
L'image est bien réussie avec un sujet net et un beau bokeh.

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2014-03-23 8:15]

Hallo Peter,
A lovely capture of this beautiful Great Antshrike ..
Nice colours good composition and sharpness details.
Best wishes,

Hello Peter

Congratulations to this new bird on TN, excellent photo with its expressive
glance and with the eye-contact with you, fine lateral POV, beautiful light, TFS


Thank you Peter for introducing a new bird in TN.
The image of this Great Antshrike is superb, in respect of sharpness, colour and composition.
Best wishes,

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